Obama Administration

Accomplishments on Health & Welfare

  • Nutritional labels updated and modernized to better inform consumers of what they are purchasing under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • Suggested maximum daily sugar amount added to nutritional labels for the first time under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • Hazardous industrial material crystalline silica which is known to pose serious risks of incurable lung disease and lung cancer regulated to lower the allowable exposure limit
    Mar 23 2016
  • Veterans and their families offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in all fifty states
  • New Medicare formula changes the way doctors are reimbursed; rewards doctors when their patients have better health outcomes
    Apr 16 2015
  • Federal unemployment benefits programs extended an additional 13 to 20 weeks
  • Cuts in Medicare physician payment rates averted with extension of existing rates through 2012
    Feb 22 2012
  • Employee social security payroll tax reduction from 6.2% to 4.2 % extended through 2012
    Feb 22 2012
  • Self-employed social security payroll tax reduction from 12.4% to 10.4 % extended through 2012
    Feb 22 2012
  • $700 million annual funding for child protection, child abuse prevention, family support and adoption promotion through 2016
    Sep 30 2011
  • Unemployment benefits extended for 13 months at a cost of $56 billion
  • Number of eligible children enrolled in school meal programs increased by approximately 115,000 students
    Dec 13 2010
  • Schools and communities provided resources to utilize local farms and gardens to provide fresh produce for school food programs.
    Dec 13 2010
  • Insurance policy amounts and terms enhanced for severely disabled veterans
    Oct 14 2010
  • $10 million in job training, counseling, placement services, and child care services for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children
    Oct 14 2010
  • Disabled veterans provided improved independent assisted living services, automobile adaptive equipment and allowances for automobile purchase
    Oct 14 2010
  • Family caregivers of veterans granted eligibility to VA counseling and mental health services
    May 05 2010
  • Housing and care options expanded for homeless veterans living in care shelters
    May 05 2010
  • People denied coverage for a pre-existing condition given access to a temporary high risk health insurance plan
    Mar 23 2010
  • Children under 19 can no longer be denied coverage or benefits for a pre-existing condition
    Mar 23 2010
  • Young adults can stay on parent's insurance plan up until age 26
    Mar 23 2010
  • $250 rebate for those in the Medicare Prescription drug "donut hole" during 2010
    Mar 23 2010
  • 50% discount on prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare "donut hole" starting in 2011
    Mar 23 2010
  • Annual dollar limits on health benefits restricted and phased out by 2014
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurers selling to groups of 50 or more employees must spend 85% of premiums on medical care and quality improvement
    Mar 23 2010
  • Consumers guaranteed the right to choose the primary care doctor or pediatrician from their health plan’s provider network
    Mar 23 2010
  • HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare
    Mar 23 2010
  • Consumers are guaranteed the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance provider
    Mar 23 2010
  • Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their gender
  • Preventative services will be covered at no additional cost
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurance companies must provide consumers a short, easy to understand summary of their benefits and coverage
    Mar 23 2010
  • Health insurance companies can not charge higher premiums for out of network emergency room care
    Mar 23 2010
  • People with a pre-existing condition cannot be denied health coverge by an insurance company starting in 2014
    Mar 23 2010
  • Mental health and drug addiction coverage is an "essential benefit" that can not be denied
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurance companies must spend 80% of the money raised from consumers premiums on health care and quality improvement
    Mar 23 2010
  • $155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies
    Feb 17 2009
  • 4 million more children insured under SCHIP in addition to the 6.6 million already covered
    Feb 04 2009